Preparation: 15 minutes

Smoked Sea Salt Coffee Float Recipe

Cool off with this cold brew coffee treat

by Lisa Thiele | July 6, 2016
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Looking for a delicious way to cool off this summer? Try this fresh take on the traditional ice cream float. Easy to make at home, this cold brew coffee drink is sure to delight anyone who loves the combination of sweet and salty.

Meet the creator

This recipe is compliments of Starbucks coffee master Taylor Harbin, who also crafted the delicious Cold Brew Old Fashioned featured here. When Taylor isn’t crafting mouth-watering coffee recipes to share with friends, the former barista spends her days as a senior customer service specialist at Starbucks headquarters.

Cover a large mason jar with cheesecloth.

Add coffee. We recommend Starbucks® Kenya with a coarse grind.

Fill with pure, filtered water.

Steep for 12 hours at room temperature.

Make the smoked sea salt and vanilla syrup by combining water, raw sugar, vanilla and smoked sea salt in saucepan.

Bring to a boil to dissolve sugar, then let cool.

Strain cold brew and discard cheesecloth with grounds.

For the coffee float, mix smoked sea salt syrup and cold brew in glass.

Add vanilla gelato or ice cream.

Top with a splash of sparkling water.

Garnish with smoked sea salt.

Serve and enjoy.

Smoked Sea Salt Coffee Float Recipe

Serves 1

Preparation: 15 minutes

Learn to make our delicious Smoked Sea Salt Coffee Float. Our version of an ice cream float is as easy as it is scrumptious.
    For Smoked Sea Salt Coffee Float (1 serving)
  • 8 oz cold brew concentrate (recipe below)
  • 2 scoops vanilla gelato (or ice cream)
  • 2 T smoked sea salt and vanilla syrup (recipe below)
  • Sparkling water
  • Smoked sea salt for garnish
    For Cold Brew Concentrate (16 servings)
  • ½ lb (8 oz) coffee. Recommended: Starbucks® Kenya, coarsely ground
  • 1 gallon filtered water
  • 1 piece of cheesecloth for filter
    For Smoked Sea Salt and Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped*
  • A pinch of smoked sea salt
  • *If vanilla beans aren’t available, substitute one tablespoon of vanilla extract
Directions Make Cold Brew Concentrate
Cover the top of a large mason jar with cheesecloth. Pour ground coffee into cheesecloth so it’s suspended in jar. Fill jar with water so coffee is submerged. Put top on jar and steep at room temperature for 12 hours, then strain. Can store in an airtight jar in fridge for up to 5 days.

Make Smoked Sea Salt and Vanilla Syrup
Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape the seeds using the edge of a knife, then add both the bean and seeds to a saucepan. Add in all other ingredients over medium heat and cook until sugar dissolves and mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and cool completely. Pour into a glass jar and store at room temperature.

Craft Smoked Sea Salt Coffee Float
In a tall glass, combine syrup and cold brew concentrate and stir. Add gelato to taste, then top off with sparkling water and a sprinkle of sea salt. Serve and enjoy.
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